Posted 8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM by Admin in News/Blog
This week, education advocates and state representatives gathered for three days to discuss the future of accountability and assessment for our Florida students. Here's what was discussed:
Four Key Strategic Areas
Interim Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pat Stewart began the summit by discussing four key strategic areas. During the first day, participants were to identify areas of integration and alignment between each of the four strategic focus areas.
Visioning our Future
During the second day, education summit participants identified potential issues, challenges and next steps to accomplishing the vision for standards and state standard assessments. Although Gov. Rick Scott didn't attend the summit, he expressed his appreciation of participants' time and emphasized the importance of strengthening Florida's education system to prepare students for college and the workforce.
"All of the participants and attendees share a common goal: Making sure that each child in Florida is prepared to succeed," said Governor Scott. "The discussion and ideas generated this week will guide our future decisions and steps we will take through either legislative proposals, action by the State Board of Education or executive action."
Throughout the summit, the importance of maintaining transparency and fairness to students, teachers and schools was discussed. It will be important that the state standards and state standard assessments continue to raise the bar for Florida students' futures.
The summit wrapped up yesterday with participants identifying potential issues, challenges and next steps to accomplishing the ideal vision for each of the four focus areas. The priorities they agreed on as what should be the guiding principles of any efforts moving forward include:
To read more about our recommendations for these areas as well, click here.
To read more about the discussions at the education summit, click here.